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  • I Candy
    film_maker | September 19, 2014, 6:18 AM | no comments | 25 views

    Thoughts on AR Rahman’s gloriously fun and wholly individual soundtrack for the new Shankar film.

    You know that familiar Tamil-cinema contrivance where a prisoner in handcuffs is being led away in a police van, and the van stops at a crossing, and the prisoner looks around furtively and sees a chance, and as the cops are looking the other way (or maybe after a scuffle) he slips out and runs into the forest, and he runs and he runs, and then, in a clearing, there’s a conveniently located shack where a sweaty smithy is pounding away on an anvil, and he looks up and sees those handcuffs in front of his nose, and he brings his hammer down and frees the prisoner? That’s the picture that kept coming to mind as I listened to AR Rahman’s soundtrack for Shankar’s I. Free. That’s what Rahman sounds like here. Free from the constraints of Tamil cinema. Free from hewing to situations. Free to leap off a cliff and land on a passing cloud and float away for a while. Whatever you think of Shankar’s filmmaking, you have to give him this: he wields one hell of a hammer. He liberates Rahman.

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  • Amitabh Bachchan: Bollywood star’s 10 million Twitter followers
    film_maker | September 4, 2014, 12:56 PM | no comments | 34 views

    Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has crossed over 10 million followers on Twitter.

    The actor is prolific on the microblogging site and is the most followed user on Twitter in India.

    The 71-year-old star, who has acted in more than 180 films, recently made his Hollywood debut in a new adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

    He also hosts the hugely popular Kaun Banega Crorepati, the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. (more…)




  • Boxoffice Collection Update
    I.One | August 30, 2014, 9:07 PM | one comment | 88 views

    Raja Natwarlal had poor collections on day one as it collected around 5 crore nett on day one. Mumbai circuit was a bit better as Gujarat and Saurashtra fared better and by far the best collections across India. It was a holiday in Maharashtra and Gujarat and that helped Mumbai circuit compared to rest of India but even with holiday Mumbai can not be called good.

    The rest of the country was poor with North and Central recording dull collections and also not showing that major jump in the evening shows which was needed.




  • Shah Rukh Khan becomes 1st Indian ambassador for Interpol ambassador
    I.One | August 28, 2014, 1:11 PM | 3 comments | 111 views

    Lyon (France): Internationally-renowned Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has been roped in as an ambassador for Interpol’s “Turn Back Crime” campaign to promote awareness on how everyone can play a role in preventing crime.

    Shah Rukh, said to be the first Indian to be made an ambassador for the global campaign, is lending his voice to help spread the message that all of society benefits when citizens respect law and fight crime.

    Shah Rukh joins actor Jackie Chan as an ambassador for the campaign. AFP

    “It’s a very special honour to be a part of Interpol’s ‘Turn Back Crime’ campaign as an ambassador,” said Shah Rukh. (more…)




  • Ek Villain: What a terrible Loss (possible SPOILERS)
    suprabh | August 28, 2014, 11:19 AM | 2 comments | 180 views

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    Before I go into my views about Ek Villain, I’d like to state that I am a huge fan of “I Saw the Devil (ISTD)” (on which Ek Villain is based) and I consider it a cinematic masterpiece. When I heard that Mohit Suri is making an Indian version of ISTD I was contrastively (9 out of 10 times I hate Indianized version of classics) quite glad and upbeat about it. Reason: From the very first time I watched ISTD, I have always felt that it has a very universal story and despite all the violence its core element: “The story of ultimate pain and suffering and confronting it” is applicable to almost every variety of people.

    What went unforgivably wrong in Ek Villain is the understanding of the story of ISTD by the director. I think Mohit Suri saw it as a story of revenge rather than for what it was. Throughout ISTD the audience witnesses the attitude of the protagonist (The husband) and it becomes very clear, how deeply hurt he is with his wife being killed. It is this pain and suffering that made him do what he did to the killer. In Ek Villain the director and the writers fail to portray that in Siddharth’s character. Even though the actor tried his level best but the treatment did not back him up at all.

    Mohit Suri gets full marks in developing a back story and actually making it very Indian and very entertaining but what he completely messes up is establishing a connection of the husband’s grief with the audience. Despite the back story as an audience I hardly felt sorry for the husband’s character compared to what I felt for the same character in ISTD (even though there wasn’t a back story). (more…)




  • Richard Attenborough, Actor, Director and Giant of British Cinema, Dies at 90
    film_maker | August 25, 2014, 2:52 PM | no comments | 23 views

    Richard Attenborough, Actor, Director and Giant of British Cinema, Dies at 90

    Richard Attenborough, who after a distinguished stage and film acting career in Britain reinvented himself to become the internationally admired director of the monumental “Gandhi” and other films, died on Sunday. He was 90.

    His death was confirmed by his son, Michael, according to the BBC. (more…)



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